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Seven phwoar seven! Secret VIP customer buys Boeing’s latest jumbo and plans to pimp it out as a sky palace – by Graham Smith – Last updated at 3:53 PM on 29th February 2012

In air cruise, concepts, cruises, holidays, Technology on March 1, 2012 at 3:16 pm

No expense spared: Falling asleep on a plane has never looked as easy as it does in this rendering

Boeing has handed over the first passenger version of its upgraded 747 to a secret VIP customer, who immediately sent the plane along to a modification centre to transform it into the ‘jewel of the sky’. The delivery of the 747-8 Intercontinental – Boeing’s largest and most recognisable commercial airplane – caps a development delay of more than a year.

Seven phwoar seven! Secret VIP customer buys Boeing’s latest jumbo and plans to pimp it out as a sky palace

Delivery of the 747-8 Intercontinental caps a development delay of more than a year
Anonymous VIP customer now has to wait 2.5 years for custom modifications to be made

Boeing has handed over the first passenger version of its upgraded 747 to a secret VIP customer, who immediately sent the plane along to a modification centre to transform it into the ‘jewel of the sky’.

The delivery of the 747-8 Intercontinental – Boeing’s largest and most recognisable commercial airplane – caps a development delay of more than a year.

Boeing, the world’s second-largest plane-maker, marked the milestone with an understated ceremony, keeping the media at arm’s length to safeguard the identity of its customer.

On the move: A Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental airliner taxis before taking off at Paine Field in Everett, Washington, yesterday. It will undergo extensive modifications before it is delivered to an undisclosed VIP customer

Expensive toy: Boeing has taken 36 orders – nine from non-airline customers – for the aircraft, which lists at $332.9million

Jim Albaugh, president and chief executive of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said: ‘The 747 is the most iconic airplane in the world, and I know customers are going to love what we’ve done to enhance its performance.

‘The Intercontinental is fast, efficient and quiet, offering real savings and a great flying experience.’

Boeing, which competes for orders with rival Airbus, has taken 36 orders – nine from non-airline customers – for the aircraft, which lists at $332.9million.

Boeing does not identify VIP customers, but past buyers of customised planes have been multi-millionaires and heads of state.

The airplane is more than 12 months behind its initial delivery schedule and some experts say the order book is puny.

VIP customers for planes as large as the 747 often request extensive modifications such as bedrooms or bathrooms to accommodate the special needs of the primary passengers and their entourages.

These modifications typically are done outside of Boeing, but the company must sign off on the changes.

Playboy’s paradise: An artist’s impression of how a potential customer might want the jumbo’s interior to look

No expense spared: Falling asleep on a plane has never looked as easy as it does in this rendering

Conference in the sky: A more business-minded owner might want to include a state-of-the-art conference room aboard the 747-8

Boeing Business Jets president Steve Taylor, who was set to fly the airplane from Paine Field near Seattle, Washington, said it will spend about six months at Boeing’s Wichita facility – the plant that modified Air Force One – for basic modifications.

From there it goes to a facility in Hamburg where it will spend two years receiving customer-specific outfitting like bedrooms, dining rooms and galleys, he said.

Mr Taylor said the unnamed customer wants the new Intercontinental to be the ‘jewel of the sky’.

The Intercontinental is an elongated, upgraded version of the classic 747, which first flew more than 40 years ago. The 747 was the world’s largest airplane until 2005, when Airbus unveiled its A380.

Alex Hamilton, an aerospace analyst and managing director at EarlyBirdCapital, said: ‘The 747-8 has been slow to take off, and the success of the aircraft is still questionable given so few orders.’

Boeing had delayed the delivery to 2012 from the fourth quarter of 2011. The company blamed delays in flight testing and the time required to incorporate flight-test driven changes.
Confidential: Boeing does not identify VIP customers, but past buyers of customised planes have been multi-millionaires and heads of state

Front-on: The Intercontinental is an elongated, upgraded version of the classic 747, which first flew more than 40 years ago

The first airline set to receive the plane is Germany’s Deutsche Lufthansa AG, which has ordered 20. Boeing has not set a delivery date for Lufthansa’s first Intercontinental.

The Intercontinental incorporates some of the technology of the lightweight, carbon-composite 787 Dreamliner.

It can seat 467 passengers, 51 more than the current version of the 747, but fewer than the competing 525-seat A380.

By some estimates, the new 747-8 is 8 to 10 tonnes overweight.

Elizabeth Lund, 747 program manager, acknowledged the plane is heavier than originally planned. But she said a redesigned wing makes up for the weight in terms of performance.

Additional weight can reduce the distance a plane can fly or the amount of cargo it can carry.

The freighter version of the 747-8 was first delivered in October. Orders for the freighter have been strained by an economic downturn that has dampened cargo markets.

Boeing made first delivery of its 787 Dreamliner last year after three years of delays. The 787 represents a bigger leap in technology than the 747-8.
Off to a new home: The 747-8 takes off for Boeing’s Wichita facility – the plant that modified Air Force One – where it will spend about six months for basic modifications

Off to a new home: The 747-8 takes off for Boeing’s Wichita facility – the plant that modified Air Force One – where it will spend about six months for basic modifications

The Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental can seat 467 passengers, 51 more than the current version of the 747, but fewer than the competing 525-seat A380

Commercial plane: The first airline set to receive the plane is Germany’s Deutsche Lufthansa AG, which has ordered 20

Watch video of the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental’s test flight here:

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Numerology and false flag article intended to elicit a response not withstanding  . . .  Palatial LUXURY is an open air deck and not rushing at a few hundred miles an hour to keep afloat. That means VTOL style engines and air craft carrier sized decks, or a blimp moving slowly enough so the wind won’t buffet. Otherwise it’s not much of a Jewel of any Sky.

If you can’t step outside and enjoy the sun, scenery or even breathe fresh air, which is rushing past at 100s of miles an hour, it’s a glorified and misnamed meme that ‘jewel’, much like Branson’s misnamed ‘commercial spaceport’ which is on the ground and has no craft that can reach space though reaching sub-orbital and not ‘commercial’ because it carries passengers and does not have cargo capacity but does carry passengers, has little relation to.

If I were said VIP, I’d either develop VTOL based Fusion energy powered craft, or to save money, invest in an extra large blimp or few at a fraction of the price as the below company in formation is doing, that hosts as large an ‘on top’ (instead of below hanging) high tech light weight material platform as possible so the passengers can catch some beams – sea cruise style . . .

Palaces are leisurely like the pace a balloon gives (not too much like the one in Æon Flux (2005 Karyn Kusama), that Boeing (and all other) planes (the larger the worse) are just another metal box with seat or a office-like lobby inside, rushing to certain doom. Cheers instead, from balloon platform twice the size of that narrow cabin, as the countryside floats by . . .  who needs to get to any major capital in 16 hours? 2 weeks (or 80 days?) is fine by the wealthy with time to burn . . .  try that for real phwoar !

This is an ‘Aircruise Concepts International’ ™®  – no cybersquatting – company and concept in formation. A series of ‘Aircruise Concept International’s’ ‘TSA FREE Cruise Balloon Airfields’ perhaps with docking towers featuring retractable walkways which are being identified internationally is being considered. We get you to any major destinations worldwide, slow and pleasant (sails perhaps?) instead of hurtling in metal cylinders (much like MiGo Brain cylinders, who knows what neuotropic gases could be introduced in such enclosed places . . . )  powered by equally dangerous engines . . .

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mi-go

In any case, a ‘jewel of the sky’ does not rush past at 100s of mph, but drifts close enough, not ‘Costa Cruise’ close though . . . so probably there are no flying ‘Ice Banks’ to crash into or ‘Cloud Banks’, especially when close enough for earthbound spectators to see the ‘whites of their eyes’ – no racism intended  . . .  for all to appreciate and admire.

Whats so paradisical about being in a ‘bullet’ (those passengers mights as well be grains of gunpowder), about not being able to feel the sunlight on your skin, breathe air that has not been filtered through half a dozen venting systems and filters – recycled even? . . .

Enough with the cooped up, low ceilinged death trap cabins of aircraft and seacraft of the day – do we really need that sort of speed? –  . . . ditch the TSA for private seaports, private airports or private airstrips (no spaceports yet though?) and there you go – real luxury – looks like USA needs private roads as well too, TSA is targeting roads now. No USA congressmen or governors or senators ready to end TSA yet huh? If I were Russia, I’d build a TSA free replica of NY, Manhattan, LA, Chicago, Detroit, Florida and Texas then ask the citizens of USA to migrate there WITH preferred autonomous zone type laws based on preferred parts of the US constitution (i.e. no TSA, no Food Bill, no Federal Reserve etc..).

Meanwhile Muslims ready to martyr themselves (MRTMTs???), don’t ever target or accidentally kill civilians because the Islamophobia does not exist in your average citizen  – it’s a sin to target the innocent (especially non-Muslims who are free to commit Haram acts who have nothing against Islam and are minding their own business, living their Haram lives . . . ), but only comes from a very small minority who are influencing your typical Western politicians – who are still full of bad judgment for allowing what goes in in some parts of the West. I’m not referring to non-Muslim stuff like alcoholic drinks or legalized gambling (other than 4D or Lottery, the whole gamut of games rather) or legalized prostitution, but humanitarian or Abu Gharaib type abuses . . .

Alec Baldwin was kicked off flight – by Daily Mail Reporter – 7th December 2011

In air cruise, Fat Cats, Hollywood, if not contrived, lack of focus, political correctness, subtle insults, TSA, Wealth distribution on January 15, 2012 at 2:29 pm
‘He was extremely rude and called the crew inappropriate names’: American Airlines on why 30 Rock star Alec Baldwin was kicked off flight The 53-year-old deactivates Twitter account after drama Actor Alec Baldwin was ‘extremely rude to the crew’ and called them ‘inappropriate names’ on a flight out of Los Angeles yesterday – and it led to him being kicked off the plane. American Airlines said in a statement issued on its Facebook page today that it would provide the facts of the matter after ‘an extremely vocal customer’ publicly identified himself.
Pictured: 30 Rock star Alec Baldwin at LAX airport, moments after being thrown off American Airlines flight for ‘playing iPhone game’ Baldwin is obsessed with an iPhone app game called Words With Friends Gamer: Baldwin was playing iPhone app game Words With Friends. The 53-year-old refused to to turn off his phone at the appropriate time, then stood up, took his phone into the toilet and slammed the door, according to the airline. He was pictured at LAX looking agitated after being removed from the plane. The statement reads: ‘He slammed the lavatory door so hard, the cockpit crew heard it and became alarmed, even with the cockpit door closed and locked. ‘They immediately contacted the cabin crew to check on the situation.
‘The passenger was extremely rude to the crew, calling them inappropriate names and using offensive language. Given the facts above, the passenger was removed from the flight and denied boarding.’ Re-issued: Baldwin is seen at an American Airlines counter getting another flight Success! Baldwin leaves the counter with a new ticket firmly in his hands Not happy: Baldwin’s demeanour could only be described as annoyed American Airlines said phones must be turned off for taxiing and takeoff. The 30 Rock star’s Twitter account has been deactivated today, but in earlier tweets he criticised the airline and vowed never to fly with them again. ‘Flight attendant on American reamed me out 4 playing WORDS W FRIENDS while we sat at the gate, not moving,’ he wrote along with the hashtag, ‘#nowonderamericaairisbankrupt’ Baldwin then updated his flight status, writing: ‘Now on the 3 o’clock American flight. The flight attendants already look…..smarter.’ He later tweeted that he was finally on his way, with a dash of satirical humour.
Finally home: The actor was later seen arriving at JFK airport after the ordeal On his way: Baldwin tweeted to his fans that he was finally on his way, with a dash of satirical humour Flight status: Earlier Baldwin updated his flight status informing that he had been re-booked on another flight Flight status: Earlier Baldwin updated his flight status informing that he had been re-booked on another flight ‘#theresalwaysunited Last flight w American. Where retired Catholic school gym teachers from the 1950’s find jobs as flight attendants,’ he wrote. The actor was finally arrived at JFK in the evening, after what had this time appeared to be a drama-free trip home. Whispers of Baldwin’s America Airlines began yesterday when Michael J. Wolf, Founder and Managing Director at www.activate.com, tweeted:’On an AA flight at LAX. Alec Baldwin removed from the plane We had to go back to the gate. Terrible that everyone had to wait’ His side of the story: Alec tweeted his response after the incident exploded on the Twitterverse Reamed: Alec was ‘reamed’ off a flight today, but made a 3pm departure with the same airline.
Another Twitter user wrote: ‘Alec Baldwin should never be allowed to fly quite frankly. His liberal politics represent a clear and present danger to the U.S.’ Before another added: ‘I was on the plane and yes Alec Baldwin was kicked off for grabbing 2 bags of peanuts and that is clearly an FAA violation. He may do time.’ Baldwin has allowed his temper get the better of him in the past. In 2007, he horrendously left a voice mail for his young daughter calling her a ‘rude, thoughtless little pig.’ He later apologised and wrote a book inspired by the incident. Career high: Baldwin is riding high with his career thanks to his starring role in 30 Rock Crosswords: Alec, here on the set of 30 Rock in New York last week, is also an avid fan of crosswords
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He can afford his own private plane and any number of private airstrips around the USA or world. I can’t understand why he should fly a public line at all to begin with. He could also invite ‘guest passengers’ to avoid the TSA and eventually who knows set up his airline where the stewardesses or stewards are masochists that do enjoy getting insulted and called names, maybe slapped or beat around a little as well (Slap, pummel or punch with that FREE drink or FREE tidbit? – see below Article 1.5 for employee potential . . . ), where ‘playing iPhone games’ is ALLOWED. WTF thrown off for iPhone games?!?
Whats this, the Soviet Cold War Era Airline? “Put handphone/iPod down or horse ride you!” People with the money – they are not making the most of it.
As for : “The 30 Rock star’s Twitter account has been deactivated today, but in earlier tweets he criticised the airline and vowed never to fly with them again.”
Alec can set up a Twitter of his own for all people who have had their Twitter deactivated as well. Short of the violent and obviously uncivilised option, you can’t be beaten if you try, and this guy sure as hell can afford it. Alec’s 40 million personal asset can set up a major city to major city airline (i.e. NY, LA, Miami, Ottawa, Mexico City, Berlin, Moscow, New Delhi, Beijing for a start.) Call it “REAL AMERICAN” airlines.
And this could be a non-profit or barely there profit outfit. You can see how wealthy the airline bosses and top shareholders are, Alec could destroy the airline business on his own with his private and humanely cheap airline if he put his mind to it. Then the article goes ” Success! Baldwin leaves the counter with a new ticket firmly in his hands “.
Whats the big deal about getting a ticket? Success?!? No frills, no paperwork. Bring your own food and water. End of story. There’s success. Not all this glorified slick uniformed b.s. and aggravation, tiny sniping taxes for even what should be free like refreshments and tidbits, or supercilious attitudes. Park your car on the parking fee free dirt clearing (who needs tar?), pay the bouncer, get on the plane by X-hours and leave when the plane lands at X-destination.
We don’t need a big production, we need to get from city to city. Barebones Air gets you there.
ARTICLE 1.5
Rampage Jackson Grants Fan Request — Yes, I’ll SLAP You in the FACE!!!
UFC face pummeler Rampage Jackson got one crazy request from a ballsy fan last night — dude wanted to get SLAPPED IN THE FACE … and Rampage obliged. Rampage was leaving Greystone Manor nightclub in L.A. … when a fan with a pain fetish approached Jackson and asked to be cracked in the mouth. Never one to deny a fan …  Jackson bestowed the 5-finger honor across the fan’s jaw — and the fan couldn’t have been HAPPIER! You gotta check out his reaction … hilarious.
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Spanka-claus has an apprentice . . . and this one is not white. Maybe another 1 billion more properly directed ones for ‘all them flayins’.